Tripel | Brouwerij West

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Brouwerij West
California, United States

Style: Tripel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DoubleJ on 06-01-2011

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Photo of mhaugo
2.97/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

500ml bottle poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Unfiltered amber honey. Small islands of foam scattered across the surface.
Smell: Like a musty, damp old house. I can almost smell the mineral layer coating the leaky pipes. In the background someone is baking sweet bread, but the aroma comes and goes. And the plum tree in the backyard is over-ripe and dropping its fruit.
Taste: Sweet, woody cherry pits. The sweetness is mildly offset by a restrained astringency, but the sugars prevail in the end. No bitterness to speak of.
Mouthfeel: Thick, round, and mostly flat. Rests like a brick on my tongue. A slight, yet gradually increasing, warmth from the alcohol.
Overall: I don’t know… I’m trying really hard to like this brewery. I appreciate their “damned to marketing” approach with the rotating labels. Very punk rock. But I’ve yet to be terribly impressed with one of their beers. The BJCP style guidelines say that a tripel should have “substantial carbonation”, yet this beer is decidedly under-carbonated. There is no bitterness to offset the sweetness, and the alcohol gets a bit hot as the beer warms. I hope they can tighten things up, or we may have to terminate our short-lived romance.

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Photo of Azpittil57
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of travolta
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A cloudy orange color with minimal retention or form, but very nice lacing.

Nose: Orange cream popsicle, some peach, pear and spice.

Taste: Perfectly crispy for a tripel. I taste lime and chemical citrus, an alcoholic finish. Not as malty as I would like, but well balanced. You can taste that attention is paid and this is a quality brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow pour with slight haze, small 1/3" white head. Aroma of alcohol and yeast.

Taste, boozy. I guess almost every tripel is. Some fruity yeast esters, more bitterness than expected despite not tasting anything in the way of hops beyond said bitterness. Yeast doesn't do the traditional banana, comes in with some apple and pear like notes. Some sweetness, didn't find the carbonation as high as most tripels.

Tough style to make in this region and have people think you have something to offer beyond what Belgium brings to the table.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle at a tasting. I rated several factors of this Tripel "average", though I'm not sure what an average Tripel tastes like. Orange in color with a handsome head. The nose has similar characteristics noticeable in Brain's other beers- noticeable phenols with slight citrus. Very dry tasting; unusual for the style. Some orange, but the phenols tend to bump out the fruitier subtleties. Perhaps a Tripel for Tripel haters, it plays against expectations.

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Photo of crhea89
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright white, large head with a slightly cloudy golden body. Too cloudy to me.

S: A little apple, but not fruity other than that. A little horseblanket or wet dog, maybe more than a little, too much for my appreciation of the style.

T: Wow, nothing wrong here, just absolutely nothing going on. Maybe just a little basic Belgian yeast, perhaps a little tartness, but I've gotten more complexity from an Amber Ale.

M: Despite the head, the mouthfeel is rather flat.

O: Not bad, absolutely nothing wrong with this beer, just also not much to say about it in the "right" category, let alone outstanding or interesting...

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Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my favorite styles I approach this one with caution. Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a large globe glass. Offers a touch of haze and a good sticky head of foam. Good start...

Nose of yeast and some pils malt, decent balance but a bit lacking in 'brightness'. Decent but not overwhelming yet it does improve with warming.

Taste is a bit sweet for the style yet pleasant. Bit rubbery in flavor given the subdued yeast component and notable residual sweetness. Decent feel with a touch of citrus on the finish. Can't quite close the deal however, needing more yeast esters and a drier finish.

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Photo of Tomesco
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KarlHungus
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep golden color, fair clarity: hazy but charming. An impressive off-white creamy head with great retention: hints of Belgian lace left behind as the head dies down.

Aroma: Complexity of spicy, citrus, and sweet maltiness. Generious amounts of peppery and clove like phenols. A nice floral orange hint with a malty sweetness; no hop aroma.

Flavor: The profile was a complexity of spice, fruit and sweetness. Upfront bitter orange flavor with a spicy pepper backbone; the complexity if offset by the lingering bitterness of the beer. Hop bitterness may be too high for the style.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light boy with a pleasant creaminess. Slight warming sensation from the alcohol is balance by the sweetness.

Overall: Very drinkable, but not outstanding. The draft version has better dryness and balance of flavors. Label art does not reflect the quality of the beer and is a bit confusing when associated with the beer. Not a classic example of the style but still an amazing beer.

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Photo of ikantspel
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pint glass bottle served into a duvel tulip

numbered bottle 351/6500

pours an orange jello color with a full lively head.

belgian yeast smell mixes in with some spices and banana bread in the nose

flavor starts off with a champagne like booziness to it. the phenolic spices kick in and sorta even it out. a tad bit of sweetness comes and goes away like the wind. as you continue to sip the booziness goes away and balances off right.

glad i kept sippin this up. this brewery is just starting out ill be on the lookout for their blond. cheers

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Gentle poured into a glass revealing its slightly hazy yellow amber

S: Ginger and phenolic takes a comfortable seat in your upper nose

T: Not as dry as i was hopping for but the taste is nice, revealing a ginger like flavor with mild to low hops that help excentuate the fruit like flavors

M: Like i said, was hoping for a dryer beer but this one was still solid

O: A solid offering and greatly enjoyed amongst friends

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Photo of Mollerina
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden Straw Color, Medium Haze, Fluffy Head, Low Lace

S: Light Citrus (lemon), Sweet Dried Fruit (apricot)

T: Sweet (apricot) Spice (white pepper corn)

M: Light/Medium Bodied, Slight Carbonation, Light Residual Film

O: The appearance is great. Would like to see more lace. Smell is quite nice. Taste is just okay. The finish needs work. Possible bottle leeching. Noteworthy mouth feel and nice residual film. Could be more complex.

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Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly cloudy, golden yellow color with a small, white, head foam. It had a strong yeast aroma. Nice grain aroma with pineapple and apple notes. Sweet and spicy. Spicy and yeasty at first sip with caramel sweetness. Some tartness comes in green apple flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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